South African ‘mutant’ Covid-19 strain found in the North East
The South African variant of Covid-19 is now in the North East.
A case has been confirmed in Middlesbrough, with the Gazette reporting that while enhanced contact tracing is in place, the case has no obvious links to international travel.
It is the first confirmed case of the mutant strain in our region.
As of Wednesday, a spokesperson for the LA7 council group told ChronicleLive that there had not yet been a case detected in that area, which covers between Northumberland and Durham